I coordinate, plan, and implement the purchase and procurement of hardware equipment.
A great day is initiating a new project, or completing a project, or making progress on a project, doing all of the little steps necessary for equipment to be turned up for service. I keep track of managing my budget, meeting my deadlines, and learning new processes. Some days the processes flow smoothly, the numbers come in on target, the dates are all met. I try to work in the most efficient manner, so that the work moves easily.
Business knowledge, logic, project management, communication skills. I need to be able to read and absorb technical documentation easily, and communicate what I've learned to others. Although there's an orderly process, flexibility is also a key part of making it through the day.
Here's the first step for high school students
Take a variety of courses to be well rounded, but focus on the math and science. Speak to lots of people, tell them your hobbies, interests, and your favorite subjects. Visit corporations on days appropriate for students (there're lots of programs out there), keep expanding and researching various opportunities.
"Engineering is too hard for girls. The boys won't talk to you or help you."
Break down the hard part into smaller manageable pieces. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Speak up.
Being a shy girl/introvert in a field of mostly boys (for every 10-15 boys, there were 2-3 girls). The girls stuck together, but when I was the only girl, I knew I had to talk to the boys as equals, not in a flirty sexual way.